Thursday, June 19, 8 p.m.
The Thrush & The Woodpecker
Source Theater, 1835 14th St., NW
Source Festival, the Source Theater’s three-week showcase of new work by the city’s most talented writers and directors, kicks off this week. On Thursday we suggest scopings out The Thrush & The Woodpecker, Steven Yockey’s melodrama about a family’s life turned upside-down by a mysterious stranger.
Deal nearby: Fast Gourmet
Friday, June 20, 9 p.m.
Black Cat 1811 14th St., NW
Smart, thought-provoking, and sharp-witted comedian Travon Free comes to the Black Cat main stage. His credentials? Oh nothing, just an Emmy nomination as a writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as well as appearances on Chelsea Lately, Tosh.O, and Party Down, nbd.
Deal nearby: Sacrificial Lamb Kabobs & Wraps
Saturday, June 21, 6 p.m.
House of Hats
O Street Museum, 2016 O St. NW
The O Street Museum (the museum arm of the Mansion on O Street) welcomes bluegrass band House of Hats for a classy evening of drinks and music, with a splash of museum exhibits mixed in. Listen to the band or wander the mansion, whichever you fancy.
Deal nearby: Rasoi Indian Kitchen
Saturday, June 21, 10 p.m.
Naked Girls Reading Presents Neil Gaiman
DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW
An international sensation, Naked Girls Reading is exactly what it the name says— but it’s more sophisticated than that, we swear. Tonight, they’re reading selections from fantasy author and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman.
Deal nearby: Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant
Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, 22
Safeway Barbecue Battle
Pennsylvania Ave, between 9th St. and 14th St. NW
Music, meat, and merriment are all available at the Safeway Barbecue Battle. The area’s best pitmasters and grillmen face off for prizes, while country, jazz, and funk bands entertain the crowds.
Deal nearby: Georgia Brown's
Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22
Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest
41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg, VA
We’ve written before about alcoholic opportunities in the exurbs. This weekend you have the chance to sample suds from microbreweries from across the country, including some of NOVA’s best. Beer not your thing? There will also be tons of food vendors, local bands, and arts and crafts.
Deal nearby: Continental Pool Lounge